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Inflation cooking: Five inexpensive recipes to bookmark

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Chicken And Zucchini Meatballs With Feta. Ground Meat Is Less Expensive Than Steaks Or Chicken Breast, And Can Be Stretched With Added Ingredients, Like The Always Inexpensive And In-Season Zucchini. Food Stylist: Monica Pierini. (Linda Xiao/The New York Times)

Inflation is dominating the news, and all we seem to be talking about at New York Times Cooking (virtual) headquarters is how much groceries cost.

I picked five bang-for-your-buck recipes I love for this week’s offerings. And here are a few basic rules for when you’re thinking about meals and current grocery prices: Move away from meat (which is up considerably, especially beef) or make recipes that use it in smaller amounts. Embrace vegetables and beans, which are less impacted by inflation. Canned tuna is your friend, as are anchovies, which can bring incredible flavor to your cooking.

Chicken-Zucchini Meatballs With Feta

Chicken and zucchini meatballs with feta. Ground meat is less expensive than steaks or chicken breast, and can be stretched with added ingredients, like the always inexpensive and in-season zucchini. Food Stylist: Monica Pierini. (Linda Xiao/The New York Times)

Generally speaking, meatballs are a thrifty way to eat meat: Ground meat is less expensive than steaks or chicken breast, and the meat is “stretched” with added ingredients. A little goes a longer way. In this excellent Ali Slagle recipe, the addition is zucchini — inexpensive always and abundant right now.

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 45 minutes

  • 3 large zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 large shallot, halved
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, basil, parsley or dill, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing and drizzling
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 4 ounces feta

1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut 2 of the zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Transfer to a plate, season with salt, and set aside.

2. Working over a large bowl, using the large holes of a box grater, grate the remaining zucchini. Grate 1 shallot half into the bowl as well. Add the panko, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and use your hands to toss until combined. Add the chicken and herbs and toss gently until combined.

3. Lightly grease a baking sheet. With wet hands, form the chicken mixture into 16 meatballs (around 2 to 3 tablespoons each) and place them on one side of the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, pat the sliced zucchini dry, then lightly coat with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with pepper.

5. Coarsely chop the remaining shallot half and transfer to a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, season with salt, and stir to combine.

6. Add the sliced zucchini to the other half of the baking sheet, moving the meatballs over, if necessary. Bake until the meatballs are cooked through and the zucchini is golden on the underside, another 15 to 20 minutes. For more browned meatballs, broil for a few minutes, if desired.

7. Meanwhile, crumble the feta into the shallot mixture. Add the 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes. Stir, breaking up the feta a bit, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

8. Eat the meatballs and zucchini with a drizzle of the feta sauce and more fresh herbs.

Cold Tofu Salad With Tomatoes and Peaches

Salad On A White Plate.
A salad of cold tofu, tomatoes and peaches, with basil and mint. This dish is best served with greens or with rice noodles tossed in some of the dressing. Food Stylist: Hadas Smirnoff. (Linda Xiao/The New York Times)

Fresh fruits and vegetables have been less susceptible to inflation, which makes this gorgeous silken tofu salad from Hana Asbrink a good choice for dinner. Serve it with greens or with rice noodles tossed in some of the dressing.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Total time: 20 minutes

For the salad:

  • 12 to 14 ounces silken tofu, chilled
  • 2 to 3 ripe medium peaches
  • 3 to 4 ripe medium tomatoes
  • Flaky sea salt
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • Black pepper

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

1. Prepare the tofu: Carefully drain the tofu in its packaging, then remove the tofu. Gently wrap it with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to absorb excess moisture and set it on a plate.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the peaches and tomatoes: Pit and cut each peach into 1-inch-thick wedges, then core and cut each tomato into 1-inch-thick wedges. Place tomatoes and peaches on a serving platter, pouring any tomato or peach juices from the cutting board over the dish. Season generously with flaky sea salt to draw out juices.

3. Remove the tofu from the paper towels and place it back on the plate. Using a large spoon, scoop out tofu mounds onto the tomatoes and peaches. Season tofu with flaky sea salt.

4. Prepare the dressing: In a small glass jar, combine dressing ingredients, cover and shake to combine. Spoon 4 tablespoons of the dressing over the tomatoes, peaches and tofu. Extra dressing can be served alongside.

5. Just before serving, stack together the basil and mint leaves and roughly chop. Top the salad with chopped herbs and black pepper. Serve immediately, taking care to spoon extra dressing and juices from the bottom of the platter.

Pasta With Tuna, Capers and Scallions

This Melissa Clark dish says “I’m having a light meal on Mediterranean island,” and you can buy most of the ingredients at Costco. Cheap and chic, and easy to make, too.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Total time: 30 minutes

  • Salt
  • 12 ounces long, thin pasta, such as bucatini, spaghetti or linguine
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 6 to 10 anchovies, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 cup torn fresh herbs, such as parsley and dill, or celery leaves, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1 (5- or 6-ounce) can tuna, drained
  • Red-pepper flakes, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

1. In a well-salted pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, saving 1 cup pasta water.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium. Add garlic and scallion whites, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add anchovies and capers and cook until anchovies melt and capers and garlic turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add 1/2 cup pasta water, let it reduce until there is just a little left in the pan, then add pasta and herbs and toss well to coat. Add tuna and toss well.

3. Serve with red-pepper flakes on top, more herbs, scallion greens, and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing.

Vegan Coconut-Ginger Black Beans

In addition to being enormously versatile and climate-friendly, beans tend to be pretty affordable, especially if you start with dried beans. You can feed yourself handsomely with recipes like this one, from Ali Slagle, which pairs black beans with coconut milk, a classic combination found in various cuisines.

Yield: 4 servings

Total time: 30 minutes

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin or coriander
  • 1 (3-inch piece) fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 (13-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plantain chips or toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice (from 1 lime)
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)

1. Rinse 1 can of black beans, and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium. Add the cumin and half of the ginger and cook until fragrant, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rinsed black beans and the remaining whole can of black beans (including the liquid), and the coconut milk; season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Bring to a boil over medium-high, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are soft and the mixture is flavorful, 15 to 20 minutes. (If you want a thicker consistency, smash some of the beans with the back of a spoon as the mixture cooks, and simmer longer.)

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, crumble the plantain chips into bite-size pieces. Add the lime zest and a few generous grinds of black pepper, and stir to combine.

4. Remove the beans from the heat. Stir in the remaining ginger and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the lime juice a little at a time until the beans taste bright but the coconut flavor is still rich. Top with the seasoned plantain chips and serve with hot sauce for more kick.

Caramelized-Scallion Noodles

This Francis Lam recipe checks a lot of boxes. It’s cost-effective. It’s make-ahead, in large part (the sauce will keep in your refrigerator for weeks). It’s customizable for eaters of all ages. It’s an excellent vehicle for leftover meat and vegetables. And it’s completely delicious! Make it!

Yield: 2 servings

Total time: 20 minutes

  • Salt
  • 6 ounces Chinese broccoli (or other cooking greens), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces fresh noodles (or 6 ounces dry pasta)
  • 6 tablespoons caramelized-scallion sauce (find recipe online), or to taste
  • 3 to 4 ounces cooked chicken, ham, tofu, mushrooms or whatever meaty thing you like, sliced, warm
  • 2 soft-boiled eggs, halved
  • Oyster sauce, to taste
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • Raw ginger or spicy pickles of your choice, julienne, for garnish

1. Bring a pot of water to boil, and salt it well. Cook the Chinese broccoli until tender, about 4 minutes. Scoop the greens out with a skimmer, and dry well. Keep the water boiling.

2. Cook the noodles according to the package directions. As soon as they’re drained, return them to the empty pot, off heat, and dress them with 6 tablespoons of the caramelized-scallion sauce or to taste. Season with salt, if desired.

3. Divide the noodles into bowls, and top with the Chinese broccoli, the chicken (or whatever protein you choose) and the eggs. Drizzle oyster sauce on the Chinese broccoli, and season the eggs with a few drops of soy sauce. Top with a few pinches of julienne ginger or pickles, and serve immediately.



Trump became deeply suspicious of being watched and that his loved ones could bear sons: report

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Trump Became Deeply Suspicious Of Being Watched And That His Loved Ones Could Bear Sons: Report

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  • According to a new Rolling Stone report, Trump has become paranoid about being bugged.

  • Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he asked if the phones were being tapped “by Biden.”

  • Trump was also wary of Republicans visiting him at his clubs and if they were carrying sons.

Even before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, former President Donald Trump was becoming paranoid about the possibility that he was being watched by authorities or that his loved ones were carrying sons, according to a new Rolling Stone Report.

Rolling Stone spoke to four sources familiar with Trump’s behavior. The sources say the former president asked his close associates if they thought he might be under surveillance by the authorities.

“He asked me and others, ‘Do you think our phones are tapped?’” a source told Rolling Stone. “Given the sheer volume of ongoing investigations into the (former) president, I don’t think he’s presuming anything outside the realm of possibility.”

According to the source, Trump brought up the idea of ​​being bugged as a serious consideration, but also joked that those close to him should “be careful” about what they say on the phone.

Two sources close to Trump also told Rolling Stone that the former president had also grown suspicious of Republican figures visiting him at his clubs, wondering if they might “wear a thread”. These sources also told Rolling Stone that Trump and his advisers are looking for a “mole” or “rat” who could be working with law enforcement against Trump.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, another Trump adviser said members of the MAGA flank tried to reach out to Trump and warned him against trusting certain people close to him: those they do not like.”

For his part, Trump spoke out against the search, pointing out how officers “broke” into his safe.

The FBI did not give a reason for the raid. But multiple outlets, as well as Eric Trump in a Fox News interview, suggested it was material the former president brought to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House.

In February, the National Archives recovered 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago. He also asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law by bringing official documents to his residence in Florida. The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek also reported this week that an informant close to Trump may have tipped off investigators and indicated where they might find documents the Archives did not obtain in February.

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Manhattan’s average rent hits a new high of $5,113

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Manhattan'S Average And Median Rents Have Been Observed On A Monthly Basis Since Last June And That'S Not Good News For New Yorkers

The average rental price in Manhattan hit a new record high last month as rising mortgage rates and house prices pushed potential buyers to rent.

Average rents in the nation’s most densely populated county hit $5,113 in July, up 28% from a year ago, according to a report released Thursday by real estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman.

Median rent, which better reflects the prices a typical tenant would face, hit $4,150, up 2.5% from June and 29% from a year ago.

Most Manhattan landlords require an annual income of 40 times monthly rent, which means tenants would need to take home a salary of at least $166,000 to secure the median apartment.

Manhattan's Average And Median Rents Have Been Observed On A Monthly Basis Since Last June And That's Not Good News For New Yorkers

Manhattan’s average and median rents have been observed on a monthly basis since last June and that’s not good news for New Yorkers

The Average Rental Price In Manhattan Hit A New Record High Last Month As Rising Mortgage Rates And House Prices Push Potential Buyers To Rent

The Average Rental Price In Manhattan Hit A New Record High Last Month As Rising Mortgage Rates And House Prices Push Potential Buyers To Rent

The average rental price in Manhattan hit a new record high last month as rising mortgage rates and house prices push potential buyers to rent

Strong demand for Manhattan apartments is keeping the market tight, with July rental listing inventory down 44% from last year’s level.

The typical apartment spends just 26 days on the market before being bought by a tenant, down 48% from June and less than a third of the standard lead time seen a year ago.

The median rent for a studio was $3,000, up 23% from a year ago, while the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment was up 30% on the year to reach $4,000.

Two-bedrooms had a median rent of $5,000 in July, and three-bedrooms typically cost $6,500, increases from a year ago of 22% and 18% respectively.

In recent months, rising mortgage rates and soaring home prices have deterred many potential buyers from the market.

Last week, the average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.99%, down from recent highs but still nearly double the rate seen in January, before the Federal Reserve began raising benchmark rates. to fight inflation.

Meanwhile, the national median home price jumped 13.4% in June from a year earlier to $416,000, the highest on record, according to the National Association of Realtors.

A Study Found That San Jose Leads The Nation In Unaffordable Homes, With The Median Home Priced At $1,875,000, Requiring A Salary Of At Least $330,758 To Pay Expected Monthly Payments Of $7,718. .

A Study Found That San Jose Leads The Nation In Unaffordable Homes, With The Median Home Priced At $1,875,000, Requiring A Salary Of At Least $330,758 To Pay Expected Monthly Payments Of $7,718. .

A study found that San Jose leads the nation in unaffordable homes, with the median home priced at $1,875,000, requiring a salary of at least $330,758 to pay expected monthly payments of $7,718. .

National House Prices Rose 19.7% In May From A Year Ago, After Jumping 20.6% In April

National House Prices Rose 19.7% In May From A Year Ago, After Jumping 20.6% In April

National house prices rose 19.7% in May from a year ago, after jumping 20.6% in April

According to a report from in late July, renting is now cheaper than buying a first home in three-quarters of the top 50 U.S. cities — a dramatic change from a few months ago, when the generally cost less.

Median rent hit a record high of $1,876 in June, up 14% from a year ago, but that still represented a monthly savings of $561 from the monthly cost of buying a home. a first home, which jumped to $2,437, according to the report.

As recently as January, buying a first home was the cheapest long-term option than renting in more than half of U.S. cities.

In New York City — across all five boroughs, not just Manhattan — the median rent of $2,989 compared to the median monthly home payment of $5,081, meaning the typical renter paid $2,092 less each month.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers fled the city and rental prices plummeted as desperate landlords tried to lure willing tenants into their homes with special offers.

Many property management companies have offered deep discounts or sweeteners, including several months of free rent, to entice tenants to sign new leases.

Pictured: A Line Stretching Out The Door Of A Two-Bedroom City Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Out The Door Of A Two-Bedroom City Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Down The Street For A Rent-Stabilized Apartment

Pictured: A Line Stretching Down The Street For A Rent-Stabilized Apartment

As rental prices hit record highs in May, New Yorkers also began sharing videos of long lines stretching around street corners of people looking to see some of the city’s most affordable apartments. .

Real estate consultant Jonathan Miller, who prepared the Elliman report, said last month that once the vaccine came out and disrupted the narrative that the city was “unsafe,” not only did some residents choose to return, but other New Yorkers who had been driven out by previous rent hikes seeking to take advantage of the new discounts.

Miller added that as mortgages remain tight, there are fewer people able to qualify for homes in the suburbs around the city, forcing people to join the crowded pool of apartment hunters in the city.

“More and more people have been pushed into the rental market, which has driven up competition and rental prices,” Miller explained.

As rental prices hit record highs in May, New Yorkers also began sharing videos of long lines stretching around street corners of people looking to see some of the city’s most affordable apartments. .

Competition for apartments is only exacerbated by a dwindling supply, as the listing of apartments in Manhattan remains low.

In July, the listing inventory of 6,669 was well below last year’s level of 11,794, according to the Elliman report.

The vacancy rate of 2.08% was also well below last year’s rate of 6.07%.

Discounts have become almost non-existent, with the average discount off the listing price being 0.2%, down from 1% last year.

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Arsenal hail Tony Adams’ ‘good feet’ in fun post as Gunners legend reveals he’s joining Strictly Come Dancing roster

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Arsenal Hail Tony Adams' 'Good Feet' In Fun Post As Gunners Legend Reveals He'S Joining Strictly Come Dancing Roster

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has revealed he will be taking part in the next round of Strictly Come Dancing.

Adams, who represented the Gunners for 19 years, revealed on Wednesday he would be appearing on the popular BBC fan series.

Adams swaps football boots for prom shoes

He said on Twitter: “So…I’m officially swapping my old worn out football boots for prom shoes! The glitter appeal was just too much!

“Excited to be a part of @bbcstrictly’s 20th anniversary
this year… I can’t wait to meet my partner and dance #Strictly.

The news sparked a social media frenzy with a number of fans recalling this famous clip of Adams doing an enthusiastic warm-up exercise while manager of Spanish club Granada.

In the clip, Adams can be seen gesticulating towards his players, while running back and forth, then moving side to side.

However, Arsenal opted for the more conventional display of support in a post suggesting Adams could perhaps be a dark horse in the competition.

“Good feet for a big man [wink face],” Arsenal tweeted.

Centre-Back: Tony Adams (Arsenal)


Adams has won four league titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and a Cup Winners’ Cup, but perhaps getting his hands on that glittering trophy would be his greatest achievement (!)

A start date for this series of Strictly has not been confirmed, however, the BBC has confirmed that the opening show will be filmed on September 7, meaning the series premiere will likely take place on Saturday 10 september.

We’ll be supporting you at the talkSPORT tours, Tony!


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Domino’s would end the sale of pizzas in Italy

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Domino'S Would End The Sale Of Pizzas In Italy

The birthplace of pizza has defeated America’s largest pie chain.

Domino’s closed the last of its 29 branches in Italy, seven years after it began operations in the country, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

The business newspaper said new delivery operations born during the pandemic created unexpected competition that scuttled plans to open 880 stores over time.

A representative for Domino’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In January, its Italian franchise partner cited increased competition as having hurt expansion plans.

“We attribute the problem to the significantly increased level of competition in the food delivery market with both curated chains and ‘mom and pop’ restaurants delivering food, to services and restaurants reopening post-pandemic and to consumers walking around with revenge spending,” said the group, ePizza SpA.

A ‘For Sale’ banner outside a closed Domino’s Pizza store in Rome on Tuesday.Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In an email, Federico Tozzi, executive director of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, said that while other American fast-food chains, like McDonald’s and Starbucks, continue to thrive in Italy, Domino’s could not challenge with success the country’s existing pizza sources. .

“I believe that in Italy there are so many good pizzerias (some of them organized as franchises) that the Italian consumer has so much choice and therefore does not see Domino’s as a valid alternative”, he said. declared.

Domino’s reported otherwise healthy sales outside of Italy during the coronavirus pandemic, but said in its latest business results report that it was struggling to find qualified drivers and was struggling. struggled to manage rising food prices in an inflationary environment.

“The delivery industry continued to be under more pressure,” Chief Financial Officer Sandeep Reddy said, especially with competition from third-party delivery apps.


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The last supermoon of 2022 rises on Thursday

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The Last Supermoon Of 2022 Rises On Thursday

The last supermoon of the year, also known as Sturgeon Moon, occurs Thursday evening and coincides with the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

Before you get too excited about the dual celestial events, there’s some bad news. The bright full moon will likely embarrass those hoping to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower. Meteors are best spotted with dark skies. Usually a new moon is preferable and away from light pollution. In this case, the supermoon will not create good sky-watching conditions for the Perseids.

The Perseids are chunks of Comet Swift-Tuttle, and July 17 to August 24 is the most active time for meteors. This year’s peak, when the most meteors cross the sky, is expected to be August 11-13. Unfortunately, the August full moon is on August 11, which could spoil the view.

According to NASA, the moon will be brighter than anything else in the night sky, knocking out all but the brightest Perseids as they pass through Earth’s atmosphere.

“Unfortunately, this year’s Perseid peak will see the worst possible circumstances for observers,” NASA astronomer Bill Cooke said in a post. “Most of us in North America would normally see 50 or 60 meteors per hour,” he said, “But this year during the normal peak, the Full Moon will reduce that to 10-20 per hour at better.”

Thursday’s cloud cover forecast from the FOX Forecast Center shows mostly clear skies for the Midwest and Central Plains for the full moon. Chicago and Seattle will have a great view of the Sturgeon Supermoon.

Thursday’s cloud cover forecast shows clear skies for the Midwest and Central Plains for the full moon.
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While the full moon is monthly, the August full moon is a supermoon, meaning it is closer to Earth in its orbit, making it appear a bit larger and brighter in the sky. . The July full moon was also a supermoon, the brightest of the year, and the August supermoon has four for the year.

According to NASA, the full moon will appear 7 degrees above the east-southeast horizon when evening twilight ends at 9:11 p.m. Eastern Time. Peak illumination, when the moon is at its fullest, occurs at 9:36 p.m. Eastern Time. If you look up and to the left of the moon, Saturn will be just 6 degrees above it.

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The bright full moon will likely hamper the ability to spot the meteor shower.
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According to the Farmers Almanac, the Sturgeon Moon is named after the large sturgeon fish commonly caught in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain during this part of the year.

If you plan to observe the meteor shower or the full moon, use the “Map” tab of the FOX Weather app to get updated forecasts ahead of the event in your area.

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Fed’s Daly: We haven’t finished the battle against inflation yet

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  • There is good news on the monthly data
  • But inflation remains far too high and far from our price stability target
  • That’s why we don’t want to claim victory over falling inflation
  • Jumping around with the idea that 75 bps is what we need and being prescriptive isn’t optimal
  • A 50 basis point rate hike is my baseline
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Looking for a change, she mentions that what the Fed needs is not a “good report on inflation” but rather looking for aggregate data to reaffirm that the Fed is making progress “a way to significantly reduce inflation and achieve our price stability objective”.

This will help reaffirm bettors’ expectations following the reaction to the US CPI data yesterday. The odds of a 75 basis point rate hike have diminished significantly and so far Fed officials are not pushing hard against that. They want to leave the door open because we will have to start all over again in September with another round of data before the FOMC meeting.


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